Common mistake had of (had)

Common Grammar Mistakes: "Had of" vs "Had"

Grammar is the backbone of effective communication, and avoiding common mistakes is essential for clear and concise writing. One such mistake that often creeps into written content is the incorrect usage of "had of" instead of "had."

The Correct Usage: "Had"

When indicating past events or actions, the word "had" is used to form the past perfect (or pluperfect) tense. This tense describes an action that occurred before another action in the past.

Here's an example:

  • Incorrect: I should of called her yesterday, but I forgot.
  • Correct: I should have called her yesterday, but I forgot.

In the correct version, "should have" is used instead of "should of," making it grammatically accurate.

The Incorrect Usage: "Had of"

Using "had of" is never accurate or grammatically correct. It is simply an incorrect way of expressing the past perfect tense. The word "of" should not follow the word "had" in this context.

Here's an example:

  • Incorrect: I had of gone to the party if I had known you would be there.
  • Correct: I had gone to the party if I had known you would be there.

In this case, removing the "of" after "had" correctly forms the past perfect tense and eliminates the mistake.

By understanding and avoiding the common mistake of using "had of" instead of "had," you can improve your grammar and enhance the clarity of your writing.

As a grammar guru, it's always helpful to have tools like the Linguix grammar checker at your disposal, which can offer suggestions and corrections for common grammatical errors.

had of (had) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    I had of bought this house.

    I had bought this house.

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